[16days_discussion] 16 days campaign theme consultation 2007:The Challenges that we face (breas

Lori Reimherr lreimherr at life-span.org
Mon Jun 25 13:39:03 EDT 2007

Thank you Bernadette and Aminah! It is wonderful to hear the voices of
some of the beautiful and motivated individual women who are confronting
all of these struggles. It is interesting to hear some of the
similarities of problems afflicting women across the globe from each

I feel personally lucky being in Chicago, having access to and being
able to afford some organic products and what I hope is decent
healthcare. However, just as in other areas, women and children that are
further disadvantaged by poverty do not have this access. It is a
constant struggle to investigate the dangers of all of the products
(from milk to cell phones) that corporate America is constantly shoving
down our throats. It is very difficult to wage these battles product by
product, when the corporations are constantly working on new ones with
seeming little to no intervention by their own morals(?) or any
governmental control.

Even though I am probably at the heart of the neo-liberal beast here in
the U.S., I am just starting to learn and talk to people about what
neo-liberalism means and the havoc it is wreaking. I think many in the
U.S. are ignorant to this huge issue.

Maybe a theme could deal with the women and children dying at the hands
of neo-liberal (free market, capitalism, etc.) culture and what women
around the world can do about it.

Thank you for your time and courage!


Lori E. Reimherr

Attorney at Law

Life Span Center for Legal Services

20 East Jackson Blvd, Suite 500

Chicago, IL 60604

(312) 408-1210

lreimherr at life-span.org



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[mailto:16days_discussion-bounces at email.rutgers.edu] On Behalf Of Aminah
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2007 8:12 AM
To: Bernedette Muthien; 'Sadia Hameed';
16days_discussion at email.rutgers.edu; 'CWGL'
Cc: mcfaddenpt at aol.com; 'Zillah Eisenstein';
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Subject: RE: [16days_discussion] 16 days campaign theme consultation
2007:The Challenges that we face (breas


i would like to support Bernadette in her concerns that public health
crises of women created by policies that harm us through commission
(like marketing franken-foods and hygenic products with carcinogenic
additives, or providing access to Viagra and yet ignporing a woman'e
need for family plannig products, or the fact that fruit and vegetables
have become so pricey over here in USA that the poor and working classes
can not rarely afford them due to American obsession with purchasing
produce that "looks good" rather than produce which have retained their
innate goodness despite a bruise or two etc...one  green pepper here in
Appalachia is 96 cents at Walmart the cheapest place around. Broccoli is
4 $ a head. cherries are 9 dollars a pound . Nasty hard tasteless apples
with chemical residue arre over five dollars for a small bag; and amout
a dollar fifty for one.
an INcreasing number of  states have social policy in the form of laws
that permit individuals and medical practices that allow individual
doctors to determine "based upon religious belief and/or "personal
scruple" that they wil not issue the emergency conraceptive pill called
popularly "morning after" EVEN IN CASES OF RAPE..(see above attached
link to article):
New food standards reflect a social policy that allows for weening the
defintions of organic foods so that big commercial corporate players can
claim their franken-foods with chemical additives and side effects like
"high fructose corn syrup" are organic...while they are requiring
onerous certifications of vitamins and food supplements or alternative
medicinal  compounds which are actually natural that will prohibit their
affordability to most working class and poor women and children...
yes soical policy can and does do violence towards women., including
rape laws that shield the rapist or child sexual assaulter and
prosecutions that harm those aginst whom violent sexual crimes have been
i think we need to make this theme one of identifies harmful social
policies and practices, and advocates for social policy that supports
health and safety, and promotes the lifetime viability of women , both
single women and women with families.
Peace and Blessings, Aminah


From: bmuthien at icon.co.za
To: sadiahameed at hotmail.com; 16days_discussion at email.rutgers.edu;
cwgl at igc.org
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 10:47:33 +0200
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matriarchalstudies at yahoogroups.com; gwsafrica at lists.sn.apc.org
Subject: [16days_discussion] 16 days campaign theme consultation 2007:
The Challenges that we face (breast cancer)

Dear sisterfriends


I am writing from Cape Town, South Africa, from a country where
neo-liberal structural adjustment programmes have wreaked havoc with,
among others, our healthcare system, education, social services.


We are meant to be one of the most progressive countries in the world,
and our leaders are feted at A-list parties the world over. Yet women -
and let me restate that to be clearer: poor black women (women of
colour) - are dying of easily preventable diseases like the various
cancers that afflict us in the modern era.


This because routing testing and screening for the various cancers or
their 'precursors' (like HPV & cervical cancer, or mammograms) are
largely unavailable to poor black women. Even when we know we should be
getting screened, we can't afford it.


A small group of black woman scholar-activists here, precipitated by my
sister's mastectomy, are currently discussing why more and more black
women in our country are getting cancer, and included are discussions of
oestrogens that are routinely added to livestock that we then ingest
(organic? Get real; people can barely afford chemicalised food, let
alone the luxuries of organic). Now perhaps one can understand why
radical women like Patricia McFadden are vegan.


So our environments and the food we ingest are routinely polluted. And
our bodies suffer while we have no access to health care services,
education about the importance of screening, and preventative measures,


Men scientists have been studying prostate cancer and staring at each
other's phalluses ad nauseum, while breast cancer & cervical cancer
remain marginal.


This to me is gender-based violence. I would like it named as GBV. I
would like it campaigned against as GBV. I would like it addressed and


With compassionate rage,



Bernedette Muthien

Executive Director


Engender, registered NPO

Tel & Fax: +27-21-4482112

Mobile: +27-83-3450552

Email: info at engender.org.za

Website: www.engender.org.za

Address: PO Box 12992, Mowbray, 7705, Cape Town, South Africa




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Sent: 25 June 2007 07:46 AM
To: 16days_discussion at email.rutgers.edu
Subject: [16days_discussion] 16 days campaign theme consultation 2007:
TheChallenges that you face


Dear Friends, 

Thank you for all of your suggestion and ideas!
To allow time for more activists and organizations to share their
experiences with us, the consultation will remain open until the end of
the day on Tuesday 26 June. We especially request activists and
organizations to share with us the challenges you face while working to
prevent violence against women.
Please email us by Tuesday 26 June, we look forward to using your
feedback when finalizing the theme for the 16 days campaign against
gender based violence for 2007.
Many Thanks

Consultation on 2007 16 Days Campaign Theme: Demanding Implementation,
Challenging Obstacles
As activists working to prevent violence against women, we all face
obstacles and challenges to our work. These obstacles may include a lack
of implementation of gender-sensitive policies, resource constraints or
even backlash from our communities. As a movement, it is important to
identify what challenges we face and how to overcome them in order to
move forward effectively and collectively in our efforts. The 16 Days
campaign is one vehicle that we can use to speak out, challenge
obstacles and make our demands known!

This year's campaign will seek to demand implementation by challenging
those obstacles that stand in the way of realizing an environment where
women are free from violence- including those obstacles that we as
activists face when trying to move forward in our work. Like previous
years, this campaign also seeks to recognize the widespread efforts
being undertaken on the issue of violence, especially in the areas of
implementation and prevention work.

As we begin the consultation for the 16 Days campaign theme, CWGL
invites you to share what you feel are the most important challenges and
obstacles that hinder you/your organization from being able to
effectively move forward in your work on preventing violence against
women. Please share with us any resource materials or fact sheets you
have put together on this issue and help us decide our campaign slogan
by sending us your ideas, suggestions and comments.  See slogans below
for examples from previous years.

As we are eager to begin preparations for the campaign we request that
you send us your feedback by Friday, June 22nd.

Many thanks,



The Annual 16 Days Theme

Every year, CWGL composes a campaign theme in consultation with women's
human rights advocates worldwide and then circulates an announcement for
the campaign as widely as possible. Over the years, campaign themes have
1991/1992 Violence Against Women Violates Human Rights 
1993 Democracy without Women's Human Rights . . . is not Democracy
1994 Awareness, Accountability, Action: Violence Against Women Violates
Human Rights 
1995 Vienna, Cairo, Copenhagen and Beijing: Bringing Women's Human
Rights Home 
1997 Demand Women's Human Rights in the Home and in the World
1998 Building a Culture of Respect for Human Rights 
1999 Fulfilling the Promise of Freedom from Violence 
2000 Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the Campaign
2001 Racism and Sexism: No More Violence
2002 Creating a Culture That Says 'No' to Violence Against Women 
2003 Violence Against Women Violates Human Rights: Maintaining the
Momentum Ten Years After Vienna (1993-2003) 
2004-2005 For the Health of Women, For the Health of the World: No More
2006 Celebrate 16 Years of 16 Days: Advance Human Rights <-> End
Violence Against Women 

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